the best indie films with a heart

Here's some of my favorite indie films that haven't been as publicized as much as your typical holly-wood blockbusters.
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1.
Reign Over Me (2007)
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A man who lost his family in the September 11 attack on New York City runs into his old college roommate. Rekindling the friendship is the one thing that appears able to help the man recover from his grief. (124 mins.)
Director: Mike Binder
 
2.
Fanboys (2009)
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Star Wars fanatics take a cross-country trip to George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch so their dying friend can see a screening of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace before its release. (90 mins.)
Director: Kyle Newman
 
3.
King of California (2007)
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An unstable dad who after getting out of a mental institution tries to convince his daughter that there's Spanish gold buried somewhere under suburbia. (93 mins.)
Director: Mike Cahill
 
4.
Donnie Darko (2001)
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A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after narrowly escaping a bizarre accident. (113 mins.)
Director: Richard Kelly
 
5.
Charlie Bartlett (2007)
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A rich kid becomes the self-appointed psychiatrist to the student body of his new high school. (97 mins.)
Director: Jon Poll
 
6.
Love & Other Drugs (2010)
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A young woman suffering from Parkinson's befriends a drug rep working for Pfizer in 1990s Pittsburgh. (112 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
 
7.
Rocket Science (2007)
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Looking for answers to life's big questions, a stuttering boy joins his high school debate team. (101 mins.)
Director: Jeffrey Blitz
 
8.
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)
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Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born with a superior olfactory sense, creates the world's finest perfume. His work, however, takes a dark turn as he searches for the ultimate scent. (147 mins.)
Director: Tom Tykwer
 
9.
Pieces of April (2003)
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A wayward daughter invites her dying mother and the rest of her estranged family to her apartment for Thanksgiving dinner. (80 mins.)
Director: Peter Hedges
 
10.
December Boys (2007)
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One summer, four orphans boys who have grown to be the closest of friends find themselves competing for the attention of the same family. (105 mins.)
Director: Rod Hardy
 
11.
Assassination of a High School President (2008)
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At a Catholic high school, the popular girl teams up with a sophomore newspaper reporter to investigate a case of stolen SAT exams. Once the duo target their suspects, a larger conspiracy is unearthed. (93 mins.)
Director: Brett Simon
 
12.
(500) Days of Summer (2009)
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An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn't believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her. (95 mins.)
Director: Marc Webb
 
13.
Be Kind Rewind (2008)
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Two bumbling store clerks inadvertently erase the footage from all of the tapes in their video rental store. In order to keep the business running, they re-shoot every film in the store with their own camera, with a budget of zero dollars. (102 mins.)
Director: Michel Gondry
 
14.
The Last Kiss (2006)
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Michael and Jenna, having been a couple for three years, want to get married and start a family. These... (115 mins.)
Director: Tony Goldwyn
 
15.
Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel (2009)
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While drinking at their local pub, three social outcasts attempt to navigate a time-travel conundrum. (83 mins.)
 
16.
Mammoth (2009)
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While on a trip to Thailand, a successful American businessman tries to radically change his life. Back in New York, his wife and daughter find their relationship with their live-in Filipino maid changing around them. At the same time, in the Philippines, the maid's family struggles to deal with her absence. (125 mins.)
Director: Lukas Moodysson
 
17.
The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
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The dramatization of a motorcycle road trip Che Guevara went on in his youth that showed him his life's calling. (126 mins.)
Director: Walter Salles
 
18.
I Heart Huckabees (2004)
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A husband-and-wife team play detective, but not in the traditional sense. Instead, the happy duo helps others solve their existential issues, the kind that keep you up at night, wondering what it all means. (107 mins.)
 
19.
The Informers (2008)
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One week in L.A. in 1983, featuring movie executives, rock stars, a vampire and other morally challenged characters in adventures laced with sex, drugs and violence. (98 mins.)
Director: Gregor Jordan
 
20.
Superbad (2007)
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Two co-dependent high school seniors are forced to deal with separation anxiety after their plan to stage a booze-soaked party goes awry. (113 mins.)
Director: Greg Mottola
 
21.
She's the Man (2006)
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When her brother decides to ditch for a couple weeks in London, Viola heads over to his elite boarding school, disguises herself as him, and proceeds to fall for one of her soccer teammates. Little does she realize she's not the only one with romantic troubles, as she, as he, gets in the middle of a series of intermingled love affairs. (105 mins.)
Director: Andy Fickman
 
22.
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
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A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus. (101 mins.)
 
23.
Hot Rod (2007)
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Self-proclaimed stuntman Rod Kimble is preparing for the jump of his life - to clear fifteen buses to raise money for his abusive stepfather Frank's life-saving heart operation. (88 mins.)
Director: Akiva Schaffer
 
24.
Cashback (2006)
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After a painful breakup, Ben develops insomnia. To kill time, he starts working the late night shift at the local supermarket, where his artistic imagination runs wild. (102 mins.)
Director: Sean Ellis
 
25.
Juno (2007)
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Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, an offbeat young woman makes an unusual decision regarding her unborn child. (96 mins.)
Director: Jason Reitman
 
26.
Thank You for Smoking (2005)
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Satirical comedy follows the machinations of Big Tobacco's chief spokesman, Nick Naylor, who spins on behalf of cigarettes while trying to remain a role model for his twelve-year-old son. (92 mins.)
Director: Jason Reitman
 
27.
Awake (2007)
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The story focuses on a man who suffers "anesthetic awareness" and finds himself awake and aware, but paralyzed, during heart surgery. His mother must wrestle with her own demons as a turn of events unfolds around them, while trying to unfold the story hidden behind her son's young wife. (84 mins.)
Director: Joby Harold
 
28.
Blindness (2008)
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A city is ravaged by an epidemic of instant white blindness. (121 mins.)
 
29.
Wedding Daze (2006)
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This is a comedy that shows us that love has nothing to do with perfection. After losing the woman of his dreams... (90 mins.)
 
30.
He Was a Quiet Man (2007)
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An office worker inadvertently becomes a hero after he saves a woman's life. (95 mins.)
 
31.
Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)
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A college grad lands a job as a financial journalist in New York City to support where she nurtures her shopping addiction and falls for a wealthy entrepreneur. (104 mins.)
Director: P.J. Hogan
 
32.
The Illusionist (2010)
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A French illusionist finds himself out of work and travels to Scotland, where he meets a young woman. Their ensuing adventure changes both their lives forever. (80 mins.)
Director: Sylvain Chomet
 
33.
Waking Life (2001)
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A man shuffles through a dream meeting various people and discussing the meanings and purposes of the universe. (99 mins.)
 
34.
He's Just Not That Into You (2009)
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The Baltimore-set movie of interconnecting story arcs deals with the challenges of reading or misreading human behavior. (129 mins.)
Director: Ken Kwapis
 
35.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
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An oddball journalist and his psychopathic lawyer travel to Las Vegas for a series of psychedelic escapades. (118 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
 
36.
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006)
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A group of high-schoolers invite Mandy Lane, an innocent, desirable girl, to a weekend party on a secluded ranch. While the festivities rage on, the number of revelers begins to drop mysteriously. (90 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Levine
 
37.
Make It Happen (2008)
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Embarking on a journey to fulfill her dreams as a dancer, a young girl discovers a new style of dance that will prove to be the source of both conflict and self-discovery. (90 mins.)
Director: Darren Grant
 
38.
Milk (2008)
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The story of Harvey Milk, and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California's first openly gay elected official. (128 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
 
39.
Fired Up! (2009)
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The two most popular guys in high school decide to ditch football camp for cheerleader camp. For the girls and for the glory. (90 mins.)
Director: Will Gluck
 
40.
He's Just Not That Into You (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
The Baltimore-set movie of interconnecting story arcs deals with the challenges of reading or misreading human behavior. (129 mins.)
Director: Ken Kwapis
 
41.
Push (2009)
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Two young Americans with special abilities must race to find a girl in Hong Kong before a shadowy government organization called Division does. (111 mins.)
Director: Paul McGuigan
 
42.
Moon (2009)
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Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet's power problems. (97 mins.)
Director: Duncan Jones
 
43.
Taking Woodstock (2009)
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A man working at his parents' motel in the Catskills inadvertently sets in motion the generation-defining concert in the summer of 1969. (120 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee